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Booker: Suns’ Monty Williams wins NBA Coach of the Year award – Arizona Sports

Phoenix Suns head coach Monty Williams has been named NBA Coach of the Year for the 2021-22 season, according to multiple reports on Monday.

Suns guard Devin Booker was the first to report the news.

Booker adds that a formal announcement is expected at a later time on Monday.

Phoenix finished the season with a 64-18 record, first in net rating and top-five in both offensive and defensive ratings.

The Suns were 47-0 after leading after three quarters.

The Suns made a leap from a 34-39 record in 2019-20, Williams’ first year on the job, to a 51-21 mark last season, finishing second in the Western Conference.

After an NBA Finals appearance, Phoenix improved again by going 64-18 this season to earn the best regular-season record in the league by a full eight games over the second-place Grizzlies (56-26).

Before hiring Williams, Phoenix went through five head coaches, including interims, since it last made the playoffs under Alvin Gentry in 2010. That list includes: Lindsey Hunter (2013), Jeff Hornacek (2013-15), Earl Watson (2016-17), Jay Triano (2017-18) and Igor Kokoskov (2018-19).

Williams has gone 149-78 in his three regular seasons with the Suns, guiding them through coronavirus protocols, a bubble and a roster reshape led by general manager James Jones.

The awards keep coming for Williams.

Earlier this season, Williams was voted by his fellow NBA coaches as the 2021-22 Coach of the Year for the second straight season.

The Suns and Mavericks are back in action Tuesday night at 7 p.m. Tune to 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station.

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